Rhakotis

Exploring the history and legacy of the ancient world in all its complexity

The Egyptian Gods in the Sandman Series

Perhaps, we can say Gaiman was writing contemporary history at a period when history had ended (according to Francis Fukyama) or even in a post-post-modern period when grand narratives were both doubted but also valued as the source of some external truth.

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Rhakotis Magazine

The online magazine exploring the history and legacy of the ancient world in all its complexity.

We take our name from Rhakotis, the Egyptian fishing town that developed into Alexandria, the classical city par excellence. Just as that city was both Egyptian and international, so was the ancient world.

We see the ancient world as a complex and cosmopolitan space in which various societies intermingled, creating international and local cultures that changed, merged and ruptured over the centuries. The history and culture of these societies have had and continue to have an impact on later societies which are themselves complex and never neutral.

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Comic books and graphic novels

The Eagles of Rome

Two blood brothers on a path that will lead them to their glory or their doom.

Peplum

What does it mean to be Roman?

The Freemasons and Ancient Egypt

Symbolism of Egyptian came into freemasonry through Hermetica. Hermes Trismegistus was a powerful magician linked to the two figures of Thoth and Hermes (himself linked with Anubis). Books written by Hermes Trismegistus continued to be read throughout the medieval period and into the Renaissance and beyond.

Gods and goddesses

The Apocalypse of the Psuedo-Methodus

Although relatively little known today the Apocalypse of the Pseudo-Methodius was the equivalent of a bestseller of its day. Originally composed in Syriac around 690-92 CE, it was soon translated and inspired versions of texts in various languages.

Art and the ancient world

Architecture

21 classic buildings in london you really have to see

The Bank of England building is high security classicism. It would be hard to break into this building. There is something slightly dystopian about it. The front is classical piedmont, similar to the Pantheon in Rome, but the back is high blank walls with tasteful ornaments and corniche work.

Animals in the ancient world

Book Reviews

Exhibition Reviews

Fiction books

Ancient history

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